Product Description: This NSDAP Gau Leiter einer Stelle Armband is a really desirable piece for a Nazi political leader at the Gau (District) level. This pattern of armband was used between 1939 and 1945 for administrative leaders of the Nazi Party. This one is made from a very fine, red wool fabric that retains bright original color. The white roundel is made from a typical ribbed fabric, which shows some age toning. The swastika is made up of ribbed black ribbon, and the swastika and roundel are piped with twisted gold wire braid. The upper and lower edges of the band have attractive gold flat wire Bevo oak leaf trim, and are also edged with burgundy piping indicating Gau level. The reverse of this NSDAP Gau Leiter einer Stelle Armband has a thin white backing material for the roundel, which shows the hand stitching used to affix the wire piping. It is not sewn together in the back, and measures an impressive 5 inches high and 21 inches long. This scarce high level armband is complete with its original RZM paper tag, which bears the maker code A4/849. The condition is a very strong excellent, with no moth nips, and only light age toning.
Historical Description: Nearly every military, civil, political and paramilitary organization in existence during the Third Reich used armbands. Armbands were worn on military and civilian uniforms and also on civilian clothes, from suit jackets to work clothing. They were used to denote membership in organizations, to indicate a specific role or function of the bearer, and as insignia of rank. Many organizations would change the design of their armbands over time, which added to the variety produced. These were manufactured in countless variations, ranging from simple printed bands to elaborately hand-embroidered pieces of the highest quality. Some Nazi armbands were worn by all members of large organizations and were made by the millions. Others were intended for use at a specific time and place and were unique. Many types were made in very limited numbers. Some bore metal insignia or special identifiers that indicated the wearer’s rank, unit affiliation, or nationality. Armbands were sometimes but not always marked with ink stamps by the issuing authorities.
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